Students accused of putting hand santizer in teacher's coffee at catholic school in Walled Lake

WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Walled Lake Police say two boys are suspected of putting hand sanitizer in a teacher's cup of coffee at St. William Parish Elementary School.

It happened late Friday morning and Police say they were contacted by the teacher, who asked that an officer be sent to the school to talk to students about the seriousness of the situation.

Police say two boys were suspected of being behind the situation, but, officers say, they have not admitted to it.

But Monday afternoon, the Principal of St. William Parish Elementary School tells 7 Action News that one student has made an admission and has apologized.

We're told the student has been suspended.

The following statement has been sent to parents:

Dear St. William Parents:

Maintaining a loving and Christian learning environment is a top priority at St. William School. In this spirit, I need to address something that happened at our school late last week.

On Friday, it appears that hand sanitizer was put into a teacher's coffee.  One of our students has since admitted to putting a drop of sanitizer into the teacher's coffee cup, and has offered a sincere apology.  We do not believe this "prank" was intended to be harmful or malicious.  In any context, however, it is not appropriate behavior, and St. William School has addressed the matter in accordance with school policy.  When we first learned that something happened, the Walled Lake Police were contacted.  Fortunately, no significant medical treatment was deemed necessary for the teacher.

As unfortunate as this matter is, it hopefully will serve as a good lesson for not just this student, but all our students, that sometimes practical jokes—even those that are not meant to be harmful—can have very negative consequences. 

We encourage you to speak with your child about how we always need to be respectful of others, and that sometimes "fooling around" may turn out NOT to be respectful, and even may have very serious consequences. 

May God bless you,

Mrs. Linda Jackson

As far as possible criminal charges, police say the case remains an open investigation.

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